Sunday, December 30, 2007

G0ss1p Gal.

I have been watching gossip girl on and off. As a series, it is sort of ok for the OC 'need a fixup' rest of us. But I am kinda of hanging on, on how much we will be able to stretch that one.

The acting is good..surprisingly..I kinda like the actresses doing blair and serena. I wonder if high life society is that bad..We also wonder on how can these kids manage high school..they seem never to study..more interested in socialite..(duh, this is not the real world hans !)..

I think next quarter the writers could add an element of mystery/crime would be more appropriate..socialite tend to be boring for the rest of humanity after a while..but, hey, that's my two cents.

Empire of Dragons.

I have just finished the manfredi's book empire of dragons. Not a bad read but a bit weak at the end. I did not like the hollywood cliche about the saviour of the empire lies beneath the ground in 'ancient' technology.

I prefer the Alexander trilogy.

Zachary Qu1nto and the can of 'bleep'

The best episode of heroes so far. (I mean this season). I feel that everyone agree that this volume 2 was a bit lame. Was it done on purpose ? probably yes. The climax will be volume 3 which has already a youtube.

ADSL in Mauritius ... well it sucks...maybe not...

I have read with interest the post on avinash's blog, more specifically the comments.

Point 1: definitely bandwidth is being throttle.

point 2: it is done by almost everybody (isp)

point 3: even in the corporate world we do it. i.e. if i have a 2MB conn to manage and have 150 users, i definitely need to place some serious management tool in place.

Three things come to my mind in mauritius: packeteer distributed by ..., DBAM distributed by ... and finally buckets on SQUID on Linux (Our internal clustered proxy).

What do the isp used ? i can only speculate, packeteer, dbam for sure and maybe even some cache engine such as cachelogic.

but more interesting what can be done.. The bandwidth management is not as dumb as you might think, they have implemented several policies depending on time zone and most importantly service i.e. peer to peer etc.

It depends on what usage is being done with the bandwidth. If you are peer to peering, then try to get a proxy service outside mauritius, better register with one.

otherwise, for the rest..we are all doom...

but if you are into the next step of downloading such as easy-share,, i would seriously advise you to take the following step.

1. Get a premium account, stop being a leech !
2. Get Mozilla
3. get flashgot
4. get a download manager
4. read this article

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Finally, the boys and girls from redmont has posted a security blog. It is very good actually but with some serious technical twist.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

English menu on japanese wii.

Can we change the language menu of a japanese wii..does not seem so according the most analyst.

But, the price is so good at this site ! That i really want to consider one and then mod it with w11key chip.

any advice from anyone.

creative jukebox and Medes (!)

MY good old creative jukebox (5GB) has died finally. RIP.. 'The man' seems to be the usual suspect.

what can i do, there seem to be a way out if it is my hard disk..I have come across this article in xtreme tech..I will follow it..but first we buy a hard disk from outpost.

I have finally laid to rest my book persian fire.

A good one, except that it requires really a mental effort to remember the timing of darius, cyrus, xerxes, aristhocles etc.

but it does give you an insight of the mentally of the time, still the themopylae stand is as glorious in writings from tom holland as from steven pressfield.

I am also working on having oracle 10g installed on fedora core 8. God, one would not believe how much java or fedora is broken...I should have avoided the narcissism of latest and baddest and stick with fedora core 7.